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Published Tuesday, September 25, 18 | By PaulvHill

contributed by Ronna Fleischman Tea is the national drink of China. It plays an important role, not only in daily life, but in Chinese history and culture. Tea is associated, in some way, to Chinese literature, art, philosophy and religion. Chinese tea is closely connected with Taoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism.  The Buddhists used to drink tea for deeper understanding of Zen philosophy. Ancient tea drinkers were thought of as gentlemen, highly respected by society, because drinking tea was considered a show of personal morality, education, principle and status. Chinese teahouses were popular with academics, who enjoyed drinking tea while they studied, or met with friends for inspired discussions. Chinese tea-drinking also brought about the production of brewing and drinking vessels, which contributed to China’s rich porcelain culture. Read More 

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